While patients are informed of risks and required to give consent for surgical procedures, they still must put their trust in physicians and other health care professionals. Powerful medications carry many warnings, but the prescribing and administering doctors must still attend carefully to factors that determine whether their use is safe for a given patient.
Doctors are charged with the duty to warn patients about dangerous side effects and, in some cases, are also required to distribute FDA mandated warnings. Serious injuries and wrongful deaths due to misuse of medication, including anesthesia errors and injections with drugs such as the synthetic protein Procrit, are tragically common.
If you have lost a family member or suffered serious injury due to a suspected misuse of medication, contact a Tampa medication error attorney at our firm now to discuss what happened and your legal right to compensation.
Medical Malpractice: Prescribing and Administering Medications
Powerful new wonder drugs and off-label uses for old medicines increase the potential for harm to patients. Combined with overscheduled doctors and understaffed hospitals, medication errors are a growing problem and a grave threat to millions of vulnerable patients.
The medical malpractice team at Feldman Legal Group provides the experience and resources to link the serious illness or death of a family member to negligence on the part of medical providers in writing prescriptions and administering drugs.
We take cases across Florida and Georgia. Contact us today for a free case evaluation if you suspect that medicine hurt, rather than healed, your loved one.
We also handle lawsuits against drug store chains and pharmacists for pharmacy mistakes (wrong drug/wrong dose) leading to serious injury.
Investigating Failures to Observe Contraindications And Other Critical Factors
At Feldman Legal Group, our skilled medical malpractice attorneys want to get to the bottom of what happened and take action if physician or hospital negligence caused harm. Valid medication error cases may arise from situations including:
- A physician’s failure to observe contraindications — known reasons not to treat a certain patient with a certain drug, including medication allergies and other medical conditions
- Non-adherence to manufacturer recommendations and protocols provided for medication use and anesthesia selection
- Various other serious drug use errors including overdoses, pharmacy mistakes and failures to monitor patients properly for reactions, side effects, heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening consequences
Tampa Medication Error Lawyer
We have handled a wide range of medical malpractice claims relating to prescription pharmaceuticals in a hospital setting:
- Excess dose/overdose
- Writing the wrong prescription
- Administering the wrong medication
- Failure to check for contraindications (drug allergies, cross-reactions)
- Failure to monitor patients
- Anesthesia errors
- Off-label use of potent medications
- Failure to warn of known side effects
Allergic reactions, double doses or giving a patient the wrong drug can result in death, coma, cardiac arrest, organ failure, brain damage and other horrific and irreversible outcomes. Although hospitals are required by law to report these errors, the nurses or doctors responsible will often try to cover their tracks. Our attorneys are skilled and aggressive at obtaining medical records and researching these cases to uncover the negligence.
A Duty to Warn
We have had substantial experience in suing physicians for off-label (unintended) use of highly toxic drugs that should be used only as a last resort. Namely, there are numerous drugs that come with FDA black box warnings of potentially lethal side effects. It is the doctor’s duty (not the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s) to warn the patient of these risks in no uncertain terms, and to carefully monitor the person for the duration of that drug therapy.
Contact a Florida Medical Error Lawyer
Contact us from anywhere in Florida to discuss a medication mistake by a hospital or physician. We have offices in the Tampa Bay area, Jacksonville, and in Atlanta, Georgia, and we can also handle your case without the need for you to travel to us. Our skilled lawyers are always prepared with the knowledge and resources to thoroughly evaluate your claim.